Thorton Heath’s Fatal Stabbing: Police Name Demarie Omare Roye As Victim

The identity of the victim of the fatal stabbing in Thorton Heath last week has been revealed.

Demarie Omare Roye, 16, was murdered shortly before 15:00hrs on Friday, 9 July.

Police believe he had been stabbed a short time earlier in Bensham Manor Road near the junction with Swain Road in Thornton Heath.

Investigators arrested two suspects while appealing to witnesses to come forward with information.

Demarie Omare Roye
Demarie Omare Roye

Demarie was rushed to a south London hospital by members of the public who had found him with stab wounds in the street.

Despite efforts by medical staff to save his life, he died on Sunday, 11 July.

The police confirmed that the cause of death was a stab wound after a post-mortem examination on Wednesday, 14 July at Croydon Mortuary.

The family are being supported by specialist officers.

The leading investigator, detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, said, “Demarie was a young man who was popular among those that knew him. His death has caused unimaginable devastation to his family and friends.

“The investigation into his murder is moving at a fast pace, and I continue to appeal for witnesses that were in or around Bensham Manor Road on Friday, 9 July at around 14:45hrs to contact us.

“We believe that Demarie may have been riding a blue mountain bike before the attack. Anyone that may have seen him in the area – with or without the bike – or who witnessed the attack is urged to get in touch with the police.

“I am also asking members of the community if they have seen a dark-coloured moped concealed, abandoned, parked or even being ridden around the Thornton Heath area before or after the murder. This moped may or may not have had a number plate on it.

“If you know where the moped is or have any other information that could be useful to our investigation – no matter how insignificant it may seem – please get in touch with us immediately.”

Anyone with useful information is advised to call the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC, providing the reference 4198/09JUL.

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